Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seriously going to attempt to reclaim his old US Senate seat in Alabama, formally announcing his run on Thursday. In a videotaped campaign announcement, he addresses head-on his rocky relationship with President Trump. "I was the first to support President Trump".
Sessions said that would've been "dishonorable", adding he "was there to serve his agenda, not mine". But I supported him not because of his personality, but because of his strong commitments to the values most Alabamians share.
It remains unknown how Trump's repeated criticism of his former attorney general would influence a Sessions campaign.
On the tarmac before boarding Air Force One, he told reporters: "It's a witch hunt and it should never happen to another president".
Sessions was the first US senator to endorse Trump's 2016 campaign, and the two supported similar policies on immigration and law enforcement. That ain't happening. I did get arrested. "I haven't made a determination". Today's college soccer activity down in the heart of Trump nation did not have the identical end result, as enthusiasts cheered him and began "U.S.A." chants.
"He ought to win that race, but he has to win it on the ground", Shelby said, insisting that Sessions would be a "formidable candidate".
"The whole thing was very painful for him, and he saw this as a pivotal moment", Sessions said, arguing that despite how "painful and as prolonged as it was, it did clear him of Russian collusion".
"When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me", his statement read.
"Well, it's an honor, I think, that the president of the United States would be interested enough to come to the game", Nick Saban said Wednesday, reported the Montgomery Adviser.
And early indications are that he may not have robust help from former GOP Senate colleagues, either. Former Alabama star and Heisman Trophy victor Mark Ingram is evidently no lover. "Let's see, it's LSU versus a pretty good team from Alabama", Trump said in Monroe.
Republicans view retaking the Alabama seat in the once-reliably red state as a top priority in 2020.Sessions enters a crowded primary field that already includes Moore, Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, among others. "He's followed what he promised he would do", Sessions said.
Republican voters in Alabama expressed mixed opinions Thursday.
ELLIOTT: Democratic Senator Doug Jones declined to comment, but his campaign has sent out fundraising emails on the news that Sessions is in the race.